Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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November 17, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

        As I mentioned last weekend, thank you very much to all who, in the first two weeks following the delayed mailing of our Catholic Ministry Appeal envelopes, helped us already to be just passed the midway mark in reaching our goal!  Though we have until May 31st to pay our pledges, it would be wonderful to reach our goal in pledges in these subsequent two weeks—that is, by Thanksgiving Day.  Thanks so much!

        Today, Bible Sunday, Family Faith meets in our St. Ambrose Academy classrooms at 11:00 A.M.  It is also Faith Formation Director Melissa Mang’s birthday, and groceries are being collected at all sites for the Christmas Baskets.  Today is also the first of our four winter-time 3rd Sunday Fuel Collections to help keep us warm in these colder months.  Thanks for your thawful response!

 Monday, the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel at St. Ambrose. This would also have been my parents’ 75th wedding anniversary.  May they be celebrating celestially on this happy date!

Tuesday, our Bible Study’s 3rd session is at 6:30 P.M. in the parish office dining room.  Our Knights of Columbus gather at St. James for their 6:30 P.M. Rosary and 7:00 P.M. meeting.  Social Ministry meets at 7:00 P.M. in the parish office conference room.

Wednesday, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Tucson, Arizona Municipal Flying Field as the first municipal airport in the U.S., our Adult Faith Committee meets at 10:00 A.M. in the parish office conference room, and at 7:00 P.M. there are events at all three sites:  Choir at St. Ambrose and St. John’s, Rosary at St. John’s, and our weekly Community Coffee Hour at St. James.

Thursday, the 230th anniversary of North Carolina’s statehood, our new Bereavement Group meets at 3:30 P.M.  This current series of sessions are particularly geared to those in their 40s, 50s, or 60s who have recently lost a spouse or partner.  The group meets in the parish office conference room.  At 4:00 P.M., our Youth Group meets in the parish office basement meeting room.  Then, this evening, ChristLife’s 3rd part, Sharing Christ, begins its 3rd session at 6:00 P.M. in the parish office dining room/conference room.  November’s Evening Prayer (Vespers) Service is at St. Ambrose at 7:00 P.M.

Friday is the 200th anniversary of the writer, George Eliot.  One of his phrases was It is never too late to be what you might have been, so get out there and be!  In the Church, it is the feast of St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians.  Also in the Church, though non-liturgically on the official Mass calendar, it is the feast of the 85 martyrs of England, Scotland and Wales.  They were slain for the Faith between the years of  1584 and 1679 and were beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on this date (which is also the 51st anniversary of the slaying of our 35th President) in 1987:  You can find all their names at the following web site address:

Saturday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

Next Sunday, is Welcome Sunday.  A Pastoral Council member will be at each Mass to answer any question or facilitate registration.  Groceries will be collected at all sites, Family Faith will be at 11:00 A.M. in school, and the First Penance Workshop for youth is at 12:15 P.M. in Dailey Hall.  A blessed week to one and all!

—Father Schrader